Let them Play
Play is the universal language of childhood. It is through play that children start to understand each other, making sense of the world around them.
As adults when we think of play, we think running, jumping, laughing, imaginary worlds. Simple stuff, But there is so much more going on in play that are the foundations for which our children develop.
Children can learn so much from their play; it teaches them social skills such as sharing, taking turns, self discipline and tolerance of others, it uses their creativity and imagination, through play children learn how to solves problems and develop their own interests!
But sadly play is declining in our generation of children. Today's children are given less time and freedom to play and explore on their own, independent of direct adult guidance and direction.
So what can we do?
- Give our children the time to just play, with no set activities, no direction, you'll be amazed at their creativity
- De-clutter your home of all the unnecessary and unused toys!
- Have simple, age appropriate and open ended toys & activities available for children to explore & play
- Allow children the freedom to be bored, some of the best idea's are born from boredom!
- Less screen time, children spend more time in front of screen now then ever before and its not just what they are learning when watching the screens but what they are not learning! The time they spend attached to a device is time they are not exploring play, time they are not engaging with their family!
- Go outside everyday, no matter the weather, Nature is a child's best playground!